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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
I am a huge advocate for staying with host families for several reasons. A) They help students...
I am a huge advocate for staying with host families for several reasons. A) They help students
become familiar with their surroundings faster than if students stayed with classmates from their
home institution for example. B)You can be as involved with the family as you desire. They tend to
be used to hosting foreign students with various preferences and follow your lead once you
understand their expectations. Some students think their rules and expectations will limit their
experience and freedom but it actually provides a deeper level of understanding of what is valued
there and why. If things do not work out, you can always ask the university to help you relocate.
This can be more challenging and costly if you stay alone outside of the university system.